Curtain Call: James Cosmo
By Winter Is Coming on in Editorial.
Photo: Helen Sloan/HBO

Photo: Helen Sloan/HBO

There are some castings where at first blush you think “Huh? I don’t see it.” Then there are those where you hear it and immediately go “Yes! That is perfect!” and from that moment on you really can’t imagine any one else in the role. James Cosmo as Commander Jeor Mormont was one of the latter.

James Cosmo has made a living playing tough and gruff characters. The Old Bear certainly is that. But he is also an honorable man and someone who many of the Night’s Watch recruits looked up to, especially Jon Snow. James Cosmo played him perfectly, showing the Old Bear’s toughness but also his ability to be a respected leader of men. Perhaps nothing more embodies those two character traits than his scene with Samwell from two weeks ago. “Tarly, I forbid you to die.”

In this past episode, it all unraveled for Mormont. His death scene rivaled Yoren’s in terms of sheer badassness. Taking a knife in the back but still managing to turn and choke-hold Rast was the Old Bear at his absolute toughest. I mean, the man was seconds away from revenging his own death. That is hardcore.

CrasterThe good news is that bastard Craster is now dead. I don’t think any one is sorry to see him go. But hats off to Robert Pugh for taking a truly vile character and playing him as… a truly vile character. He made us hate Craster the way you are supposed to, which is what a good actor does.

So we bid farewell to two actors in this Curtain Call. Robert Pugh, who played Craster, a character we all loved to hate. And James Cosmo, the Old Bear, a character that everyone loved and respected. One character we are sad to see go and one we are glad to be rid of. But two fine actors, who will be missed from this show all the same.


122 Comments

  1. Matt S
    Posted April 25, 2013 at 11:10 am | Permalink

    Such a great actor, and his voice! OMG. He will be missed.

  2. saark
    Posted April 25, 2013 at 11:10 am | Permalink

    hodor

    EDIT: hodor hodor?

  3. Coltaine777
    Posted April 25, 2013 at 11:10 am | Permalink

    take care ..you will be missed…

  4. The Flayed Man
    Posted April 25, 2013 at 11:12 am | Permalink

    It was a privilege to watch him play the Old Bear. But the actual quote is “Tarly, I forbid you to die.”

  5. Mat
    Posted April 25, 2013 at 11:14 am | Permalink

    So Mormont’s definitely dead and not just nearly dead then? I had slim hopes we might see Sam in the next episode, passing back by Craster’s hall after grabbing Gilly and the baby, seeing the last dying breaths of Mormont and maybe getting those amazing last words from the book.

  6. Winter Is Coming
    Posted April 25, 2013 at 11:14 am | Permalink

    The Flayed Man:
    It was a privilege to watch him play the Old Bear. But the actual quote is “Tarly, I forbid you to die.”

    Thanks for the correction!

  7. Jamb0
    Posted April 25, 2013 at 11:17 am | Permalink

    RIP Mormont.

    Cosmo was pitch perfect in this role, will really miss him on the show.

  8. Daemon
    Posted April 25, 2013 at 11:17 am | Permalink

    Mat,

    Was hoping the same until Rast stabbed him a couple more times on the ground.

  9. Kyrion
    Posted April 25, 2013 at 11:18 am | Permalink

    Mat:
    So Mormont’s definitely dead and not just nearly dead then? I had slim hopes we might see Sam in the next episode, passing back by Craster’s hall after grabbing Gilly and the baby, seeing the last dying breaths of Mormont and maybe getting those amazing last words from the book.

    I was toying with that idea aswell, Sam and Gilly will unknowingly return to Crasters and speeak to a dying Mormont, for some final words since he didnt really get any because of the circumstances. Would be outstanding :)

  10. caravaggio
    Posted April 25, 2013 at 11:18 am | Permalink

    Yet another feature of this site that makes it superior to other GoT/ASoIaF fan sites. Between Curtain Call and the hilarious Twitter recaps, it’s no wonder I keep coming back to this site. James Cosmo will be missed. He brought a steely warmth to his character, a true old bear. Robert Pugh was spectacularly repugnant as Craster. He made the character ooze off the screen even more than it did off the page.

    And now our watching them is ended.

  11. Ser Lyonel the Laughing Storm
    Posted April 25, 2013 at 11:19 am | Permalink

    Poor Hot Pie

  12. caravaggio
    Posted April 25, 2013 at 11:22 am | Permalink

    Ser Lyonel the Laughing Storm:
    Poor Hot Pie

    He’s not dead yet!

  13. Hear Me Roar
    Posted April 25, 2013 at 11:23 am | Permalink

    Hats off!

  14. Grijnwaald
    Posted April 25, 2013 at 11:25 am | Permalink

    Matt S:
    Such a great actor, and his voice! OMG. He will be missed.

    This basically, he was bloody marvalous.

  15. Turncloak
    Posted April 25, 2013 at 11:31 am | Permalink

    Great job James Cosmo! Yes Mormont is definitely dead. Rast stabbed him so many times that anything else would seem silly. The way it went down was pretty realistic IMO. There wasn’t any time for dieing words as things went to hell

  16. gisizzlah
    Posted April 25, 2013 at 11:32 am | Permalink

    Farewell Old bear… you lived like a bad-ass and even in near death you were still a bad-ass… And now your watch has ended…

  17. Arbot
    Posted April 25, 2013 at 11:33 am | Permalink

    caravaggio:
    And now our watching them is ended.

    Hear, hear!

  18. TC
    Posted April 25, 2013 at 11:39 am | Permalink

    Cosmo killed it. Absolutely perfect. Knew it was coming and will miss him.

  19. persephone88
    Posted April 25, 2013 at 11:43 am | Permalink

    He really was so perfectly cast. I am really sorry that we’ve already come to the end of his story…I wonder if we will ever hear more of his back story and Jorah’s? Would love to see some sort of tribute to the Old Beart somewhere down the line – maybe a few words from Sam or Jon….

  20. woooo
    Posted April 25, 2013 at 11:45 am | Permalink

    RIP Commander Mormont, one of the finest men of the series, genuinely felt teary as I saw him sink to the ground, blood spurting from his mouth and an amazing look of shock writ large across his face

    Rot in hell Craster, you daughter f-ing wildling b-tard!!

    Hats off to the actors for making me so emotionally involved in these deaths, two rather peripheral characters in the book, something the show does so well- bringing those peripheral characters to life.

    ps. I know he was only in it for 4 episodes- or 3 but Slaver Kraznys has to have been one of my favourite performances of the entire series, he just radiated malevolent superiority and naked greed, curtain call for dan hildebrand?

  21. lightning lord
    Posted April 25, 2013 at 11:47 am | Permalink

    James Cosmo in braveheart was as tough as old boots but James Cosmo in GOT was as tough as old boots dipped in wolverine blood. Great performance week in week out from Jeor. I miss him already.

  22. Caelra
    Posted April 25, 2013 at 11:47 am | Permalink

    Wonderful actors!

  23. Ser Lyonel the Laughing Storm
    Posted April 25, 2013 at 11:49 am | Permalink

    That’s true but Jaquen isn’t dead either we just most likely aren’t going to see that actor again, same with Hot Pie. The world deserves a page were we discuss how he never kicked no kid in the balls he just loves his mommas hot pies thats all

    caravaggio: He’s not dead yet!

  24. Ser Lyonel the Laughing Storm
    Posted April 25, 2013 at 11:53 am | Permalink

    If he is the kid selling hot pies during Cersei’s walk all will be forgiven.

  25. Juego de Tronos blog
    Posted April 25, 2013 at 11:53 am | Permalink

    he was the perfect old bear!

  26. Seriano
    Posted April 25, 2013 at 11:54 am | Permalink

    Ser Lyonel the Laughing Storm,

    Jaqen’s case is different. He changed his face and probably will never use that one again. So Tom Wlaschiha is out.

    Hot Pie, on the other hand, may appear again someday… who knows.

  27. haiku_hodor
    Posted April 25, 2013 at 11:54 am | Permalink

    Fare thee well old bear
    Too bad your watch has ended
    Hope they burn your corpse

  28. Zack
    Posted April 25, 2013 at 11:55 am | Permalink

    Both of these guys nailed every moment. It’s really something how HBO manages to so regularly lasso talent this good.

    F U Rast.

  29. Joshua Taylor
    Posted April 25, 2013 at 11:59 am | Permalink

    woooo,

    At least he wasn’t fed to Wu’s pigs this time. Poor Tim Driscoll!

    But yeah Hildenbrand’s Kraznys was awesome.

  30. Isabelle
    Posted April 25, 2013 at 12:00 pm | Permalink

    James Cosmos has such incredible on-screen presence–he’ll be sorely missed indeed. We salute you, Old Bear!

    lightning lord: James Cosmo in braveheart was as tough as old boots but James Cosmo in GOT was as tough as old boots dipped in wolverine blood.

    Perfectly put : )

  31. chris
    Posted April 25, 2013 at 12:00 pm | Permalink

    WiC.net folks, question from the unsullied… Since you’ve read the books, do you start thinking about the Curtain Call posts a few episodes ahead of time? One of the great shocks of this episode is that we all saw Craster coming, but the Old Bear seemed immortal so that was a great shock. His character will surely be missed, and not sure who is left for the Wildings to attack on the wall.

  32. Richard
    Posted April 25, 2013 at 12:00 pm | Permalink

    Love the Curtain Call articles… hopefully we get one for Slaver Kraznys, I would love to hear/read a short interview with the actor, he did an amazing job.

  33. Duval
    Posted April 25, 2013 at 12:04 pm | Permalink

    I’ve been thinking about Mormont’s last words to.
    Couldn’t it be possible that when Sam returns to Castle Black he maybe finds a letter describing his wish about Jorah?

  34. samurai99
    Posted April 25, 2013 at 12:05 pm | Permalink

    And now his watch is ended. (Cries single, manly tear)

    Mat:
    So Mormont’s definitely dead and not just nearly dead then? I had slim hopes we might see Sam in the next episode, passing back by Craster’s hall after grabbing Gilly and the baby, seeing the last dying breaths of Mormont and maybe getting those amazing last words from the book.

    The real question is ‘Will he come back as a wight and attack Samwell?’

  35. Richard
    Posted April 25, 2013 at 12:09 pm | Permalink

    Seriano:
    Ser Lyonel the Laughing Storm,
    Jaqen’s case is different. He changed his face and probably will never use that one again. So Tom Wlaschiha is out.

    (non-book reader) I’m wondering about this… I don’t know the “rules” for facing changing, or if this character shows up again, but if he’s technically able to go back to that face, the TV writers might just keep the actor since the audience would be attached to him. Plus, I thought I read on here somewhere that the actor mentioned he would be back in an interview…?

  36. Omar Brown
    Posted April 25, 2013 at 12:10 pm | Permalink

    samurai99:
    And now his watch is ended. (Cries single, manly tear)

    The real question is ‘Will he come back as a wight and attack Samwell?’

    Oh boy! Now that would be something.

  37. Clob
    Posted April 25, 2013 at 12:11 pm | Permalink

    That’s right, no better casting could have been made. He fits this genre so perfectly. Every time I see him in something it makes me smile for some reason. He’s just one cool Scottish dude! I’d been wishing for more of him in the show prior to getting to this point, knowing that we were gonna lose his awesomeness. At least we got his sweet speach near the end of the season 1 finale.

  38. Winter Is Coming
    Posted April 25, 2013 at 12:12 pm | Permalink

    chris:
    WiC.net folks, question from the unsullied…Since you’ve read the books, do you start thinking about the Curtain Call posts a few episodes ahead of time?One of the great shocks of this episode is that we all saw Craster coming, but the Old Bear seemed immortal so that was agreat shock.His character will surely be missed, and not sure who is left for the Wildings to attack on the wall.

    Yes, we usually know what deaths to expect and can plan our Curtain Call posts accordingly. Although some of them catch us by surprise, like Irri’s from last season.

  39. Yellow Dog
    Posted April 25, 2013 at 12:20 pm | Permalink

    Ser Lyonel the Laughing Storm,

    Oh yes please! I didn’t think anything could make that scene more enjoyable for me, but that would.

  40. mags giantsbabe
    Posted April 25, 2013 at 12:21 pm | Permalink

    Farewell Old Bear. His passing makes me sad, even if I knew it was coming. Loved all the scenes between Jon and Mormont.

  41. Impi
    Posted April 25, 2013 at 12:22 pm | Permalink

    Winter Is Coming,

    Excellent job by both these fine actors.

    I would also echo the appreciation for our slimy slaver Kraznys played so perfectly sleazily by Dan Hildebrand.

  42. Super Danny
    Posted April 25, 2013 at 12:26 pm | Permalink

    Bye bye Mormont, I’ll miss you! :’(

    Great performances from both of them

  43. Family, Duty, Hodor
    Posted April 25, 2013 at 12:30 pm | Permalink

    Great acting the both of them.

    I heard someone speculate that Jaqen could replace the role of the kindly old man in Braavos.

    I really like that idea although it may not work in the broader context of the plot.

  44. Anne
    Posted April 25, 2013 at 12:32 pm | Permalink

    RIP Lord Commander Mormont. you will be missed!

    Thank you, James Cosmo. You were great!

  45. The_Wanderer
    Posted April 25, 2013 at 12:34 pm | Permalink

    They played Craster and Mormont’s deaths perfectly. James Cosmo was a great Jeor Mormont couldn’t have asked for better.

  46. BlackTalon
    Posted April 25, 2013 at 12:38 pm | Permalink

    Farewell Old Bear. And Craster and Kraznys too, sort of. I guess.

    BTW I wouldn’t be too sure about Tom Wlashiha never appearing again. It cannot have escaped the notice of D&D that pretty much every single female viewer was absolutely drooling over him, more so than over Nikolai Coster-Waldau or Richard Madden.

    I could imagine meeting him again in Braavos as helper of the kindly man and Arya’s mentor (replacing the Waif). I bet people would go nuts over that.

    The FMs role in Oldtown could probably be taken over by another guy.

  47. ebevan91
    Posted April 25, 2013 at 12:39 pm | Permalink

    R.I.P. Old Bear :(

    And I guess you too, you daughter fucking wildling bastard.

  48. Nick Larter
    Posted April 25, 2013 at 12:41 pm | Permalink

    I don’t see why they couldn’t, in the show, bring Jaqen (ie; Tom Wlaschiha) back as The Alchemist it wouldn’t mess up any plot thread. As for Hot Pie doesn’t he show up again around the time that Brienne and Gendry fight Rorge and Biter

  49. Balerion
    Posted April 25, 2013 at 12:41 pm | Permalink

    They were fantastic

  50. Mike Chair
    Posted April 25, 2013 at 12:44 pm | Permalink

    Winter: One character we are sad to see go and one we are glad to be rid of. But two fine actors, who will be missed from this show all the same.

    Good words.

  51. Kissed by Glasgow
    Posted April 25, 2013 at 12:44 pm | Permalink

    James Cosmo was superb as Mormont. Another example of how brilliantly this show has been cast.

  52. hey now
    Posted April 25, 2013 at 12:45 pm | Permalink

    Mormont might have survived had he been a “godly man” … love Pugh’s delivery of that line. So despicably awesome.

  53. Seriano
    Posted April 25, 2013 at 12:46 pm | Permalink

    BlackTalon,

    First of all: spoilers, dude!

    Then again… I did say “probably”, so I’m not sure about anything. Maybe he could come back.

  54. Mista C
    Posted April 25, 2013 at 12:47 pm | Permalink

    Bravo James Cosmo, bravo… and now his watch has ended. Absolutely perfect casting for the Lord Commander. And another very due Bravo to Robert Pugh as Craster. Just like the article stated, he made you truly hate the character, which is what a great actor is supposed to do.

  55. Rickon Greyjoy
    Posted April 25, 2013 at 12:49 pm | Permalink

    R.I.P Jeor Mormont. Great job by both James Cosmo and Robert Pugh bringing their characters to life on screen. When I first started watching the series Cosmo was one of the only actors I recognized besides Sean Bean and Mark Addy. I was like “Hey, that’s the dude from Braveheart/ Troy!”
    Will also add my voice to those giving accolades to Dan Hildebrand and his portrayal of Kraznys. Guy is a great character actor. Also liked him in Deadwood as Tim Driscoll and Chauncey.

  56. Felt Pelt
    Posted April 25, 2013 at 12:50 pm | Permalink

    Duval:
    I’ve been thinking about Mormont’s last words to.
    Couldn’t it be possible that when Sam returns to Castle Black he maybe finds a letter describing his wish about Jorah?

    In one of the spoiler TV articles or behind the scenes things there were images of props associated with the episode, one of which included Mormont’s journal. So it could be through that. Or perhaps Dolorous Edd or Grenn will relate some mumbled last gurglings after his multi-stabbing.

    I think Jaqen will return, because the actor is loved. I hope we will see him surreptitiously throwing a dart while Balon walks across a bridge. And then perhaps him, or his face, as trainer in Braavos. Or follow his infiltration of the Citadel. He was excellent in the role, and they’re not shy about adding more material for people who are.

  57. Matthew Meunier
    Posted April 25, 2013 at 12:51 pm | Permalink

    Mat,

    Mat:
    So Mormont’s definitely dead and not just nearly dead then? I had slim hopes we might see Sam in the next episode, passing back by Craster’s hall after grabbing Gilly and the baby, seeing the last dying breaths of Mormont and maybe getting those amazing last words from the book.

    I was hoping that too, but then I remembered Rast jumps on him and stabs him repeatedly after he falls :(

  58. Nick Larter
    Posted April 25, 2013 at 12:53 pm | Permalink

    I guess most people will have seen this, but…

    http://imgur.com/r/gameofthrones/RDmqT

  59. kanjisheik
    Posted April 25, 2013 at 12:55 pm | Permalink

    Robert Pugh was just perfect as Craster. That scene in the previous episode where he talks about Sam being so fat and then he unconsciously licks his lips – that was awesome!

  60. Matt
    Posted April 25, 2013 at 1:02 pm | Permalink

    Seriano,

    I have a strange feeling that if we do see Jaqen again he will be played by the same actor, with the excuse of “that face was only known in Westeros, not here” or something.

    The ladies love that actor, plus its always good to bring back faces the audience is familiar with!

  61. Jimbo
    Posted April 25, 2013 at 1:03 pm | Permalink

    COSMO/MORMONT SHOULD SIT THE IRON THRONE!!

  62. The Dragon Demands
    Posted April 25, 2013 at 1:11 pm | Permalink

    So it goes.

  63. serum
    Posted April 25, 2013 at 1:12 pm | Permalink

    amazing actor, perfect for the part, congrats on bringing the old bear to life, you will be missed james/jeor

    pugh/craster was awesome as well, congrats on a job well done

  64. Theon's Missing Junk
    Posted April 25, 2013 at 1:17 pm | Permalink

    Both were amazing actors. Cosmo/mormont is up there for best cast character in the series even if he is a peripheral character

    Also shoutout to burn gorman as “karl” hopefully we get to see more of him because he was amazing this past wpisode and I definitely want to see more

  65. Morrigan
    Posted April 25, 2013 at 1:31 pm | Permalink

    A devastating death from the book, too bad his poignant last words were lost. I hope we get to discover them somehow (either he’s still barely living and Sam finds him — unlikely — or maybe some journal entry). Though the part about the dragonglass and remembering the real purpose of the Watch is no doubt lost, which is a real shame.

    R.I.P. Jeor. We’ll miss you. And James Cosmo was fantastic, absolutely perfect for the role. One of the finest casting of the show.

  66. Jen@House Stark
    Posted April 25, 2013 at 1:36 pm | Permalink

    “He was a good man, a good ranger. he came from…. where did he come from?” Had me rolling on the floor laughing. Liked Mr. Cosmo in Troy, loved him in Braveheart but adored him in GOT. Oh, and to spit the bloody yuck into Rast’s face as a good bye kiss, was wonderful. All the best to him and his future endeavors, and looking forward to seeing him elsewhere. Bravo, and take your bow.

  67. Baihu1983
    Posted April 25, 2013 at 1:38 pm | Permalink

    Brilliant actor and did a great job. Just wish they had let him kill at least 1 person.

  68. Nancy
    Posted April 25, 2013 at 1:47 pm | Permalink

    Bravo to both James Cosmo and Robert Pugh for playing their parts brilliantly. I think the Old Bear had one of the most badass deaths on this show, next to Yoren. He will be missed.

    Count me as one of the ladies who found Jaquen handsome but I don’t think the actor will be back. I wouldn’t mind it, if he was though. I hoping Sean Bean will make a return appearance in a vision or a flashback.

  69. Bittersteel914
    Posted April 25, 2013 at 1:54 pm | Permalink

    woooo,

    I absolutely agree with you on Dan Hildebrand’s performance…he shined as Kraznys and earned every lick of the dragon fire that consumed him!

  70. LordoftheNazgul
    Posted April 25, 2013 at 1:57 pm | Permalink

    Sorry to see James Cosmo bowing out of GoT. He’s one of those actors who seems born to play characters who wield swords!!

    Sadly, we won’t see father and son reunited…

  71. Mrs. H'ghar
    Posted April 25, 2013 at 2:04 pm | Permalink

    Kudos for a job well-done to Cosmo, Pugh, and Hildebrand. The Old Bear will be missed – the other two, not so much.

  72. Khal-A-Bunga
    Posted April 25, 2013 at 2:15 pm | Permalink

    Three very good actors lost in just one episode (even though two of the parts were pretty minor). James Cosmos was a perfect Lord Commander, and played him as such from his very first scene. The groups of non-readers I watch the show with were all pretty shocked and sad about him being murdered by that “shit-eating rapist”.

    Craster and Kraznys were both played fantastically, as well. I was familiar with the actor who played the latter from Deadwood, but had never seen Robert Pugh in anything prior to Game of Thrones. Guy has one heck of a distinctive voice. Both castings were yet another example of what this show does best, which is filling this world out with believable and affecting characters (even if we, the audience, aren’t supposed to like them), from the main cast down to the smaller roles (I mean, Burn Gorman played a two episode [?] bit part and rocked it).

    I was also very impressed with the sequences at Craster’s Keep, in retrospect, from season two. The pay-off is always worth the build up in both the books and the series, which is something I always try to keep in mind.

    Anyway, nice write-up. Forgot Kraznys, but he probably wasn’t around long enough to warrant inclusion. Not really looking forward to the next one of these, but I suppose there isn’t much to be done about that.

  73. Isabelle
    Posted April 25, 2013 at 2:33 pm | Permalink

    Nick Larter,

    Aww, he looks so young here! Thank you for posting this–I definitely hadn’t seen it before!

  74. Maester Victor
    Posted April 25, 2013 at 2:33 pm | Permalink

    Thanks Pugh and Cosmos!

    *tears, and goodbye my sweet Old Bear!

  75. Greatjon of Slumber
    Posted April 25, 2013 at 2:35 pm | Permalink

    Let’s give it up for the Big Man here. And I mean it- one thing we didn’t see a lot of with James Cosmo, unlike in Braveheart, is that the man is BIG. He’s 6’2″ and you could tell very well when he turned and choked Rast. Mormont as a character is a guy who does a lot of standing, sitting, or speechifying (or walking), so he didn’t get a lot of chances to emphasize his physicality, so it’s almost a shock to see him turn and grab Rast’s neck. And while we’re all made aware of the size of the likes of the Hound, the Mountain, Brienne or Hodor (Hodor), you don’t see that with the Old Bear. I’ll miss him. I knew his death was coming, and I’ll miss him just the same.

    Robert Pugh I only recognize from one role – Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, where he played the third-in-command officer with long, flowing curls. Was good in that one. He was better in this as such a complete and utter jerkwad, perhaps the creepiest, nastiest SOB on the show this side of Joffrey.

    And I sign on to all those who believe we need a curtain call for Dan Hildebrand as well.

  76. WildSeed
    Posted April 25, 2013 at 2:48 pm | Permalink

    ….. And now his watch has ended. May the Good Spirits accompany you
    on your last journey. Thanks for the subject post, WiC.

    Affectual acting by James Cosmo. GoT role of Jeor Mormont was a helluva
    lot better than his portrayal of a axe wielding bald Roman thug in ” The Last
    Legion “. Actors Pugh and Thorne ( guy who portrays Allistar Thorne from
    Castle Black ), both play good guys opposite Cosmo. Switched personas.

  77. WildSeed
    Posted April 25, 2013 at 3:11 pm | Permalink

    Jen@House Stark:
    “He was a good man, a good ranger. he came from…. where did he come from?” Had me rolling on the floor laughing.Liked Mr. Cosmo in Troy, loved him in Braveheart but adored him in GOT.Oh, and to spit the bloody yuck into Rast’s face as a good bye kiss, was wonderful.All the best to him and his future endeavors, and looking forward to seeing him elsewhere. Bravo, and take your bow.

    Bear Island , of the North. Possibly Norway, but definitely not Bear Island
    of North Carolina of the USA. Heh heh heh, Old Bear from Bear Island,
    nice ring to that (:

  78. Jen@House Stark
    Posted April 25, 2013 at 3:18 pm | Permalink

    WildSeed: Bear Island , of the North. Possibly Norway, but definitely not Bear Island
    of North Carolina of the USA.Heh heh heh, Old Bear from Bear Island,
    nice ring to that (:

    I love those Mormonts. Maege, Lyanna, wonderful women. Love their words, “Here we Stand” or “Here I Stand”, very cool. Way better than “Growing Strong”, lol.

  79. Seven Hells Bells
    Posted April 25, 2013 at 3:37 pm | Permalink

    But no curtain call for Kraznys mo’Nakloz?

    Anyway, RIP Old Bear and rot in all seven Hells Craster, though I felt you got to know his unpleasantness better in the books.

  80. Dickon Manwoody
    Posted April 25, 2013 at 3:42 pm | Permalink

    Anytime I have ham I always say to myself:

    “Ham….How many days must a man be expected to start his day with ham?”

    Another great line from him was when Jon ran away and says they killed his father, Mormont says, “Oh and you’re gonna bring him back to life? No? Good. We’ve had enough of that sort of thing lately.”

  81. b1narys3rf
    Posted April 25, 2013 at 3:43 pm | Permalink

    James Cosmo improves anything he works on.

    I was thrilled with his first appearance in GoT, and looked forward to and eagerly replayed every scene after. His speech to Jon Snow toward the finale of Season 1 is still one of my all-time favorite scenes in the series.

    As a book reader, I knew he’d be saying goodbye this season, but it was no less sad for me. Glad he went out fighting. Goodbye Sir.

    And a few words about Robert Pugh – I wasn’t totally sold on his Craster in season 2. But this season he knocked it out of the park. I especially loved his scene of taking the piss from Samwell in episode 3. Great job and um…farewell also.

  82. Dickon Manwoody
    Posted April 25, 2013 at 3:44 pm | Permalink

    Jen@House Stark: I love those Mormonts.Maege, Lyanna, wonderful women.

    And Dacey….ohh Dacey…I wish we would have had a hot Dacey on the show. She sounded so hot…ok I’ll stop.

  83. JamesL
    Posted April 25, 2013 at 4:25 pm | Permalink

    Seriano,

    Tom is definitely not out. He is a fan favorite and probably will be back. Yes he changed his face but he can always change it back.

  84. Magnar of Thenn
    Posted April 25, 2013 at 4:26 pm | Permalink

    Farewell old crow

  85. sunspear
    Posted April 25, 2013 at 4:27 pm | Permalink

    Spoilery question for Winter is Coming:

    Will you do a curtain call for Michelle Fairley after episode 9 to throw newbies off the scent?

  86. mags giantsbabe
    Posted April 25, 2013 at 4:28 pm | Permalink

    I wish they will keep Burn Gorman on. Even into season 4, maybe he can be given some kind of role to play in the Night’s Watch, obviously evil as he is.

  87. Ms. D. Ranged in AZ
    Posted April 25, 2013 at 4:42 pm | Permalink

    Turncloak,

    I agree. I know a lot of people really wanted Sam and he to have that conversation but if there was a mutiny going on, there is no way in hell that would have happened. If you’ve ever fought in all out hand to hand combat, you know it will only last a few seconds because even if you’re in good shape, you will get tired very, very quickly. Even trained boxers and fighters aren’t trying to kill each other, just knocking the other guy out and they’ll tell you just how hard that is. And these guys were supposedly starving. So the fight wouldn’t have lasted long enough for the convo. D&D did the scene much more realistically IMHO.

  88. thupple
    Posted April 25, 2013 at 5:36 pm | Permalink

    bravo indeed James Cosmo, and Pugh you were wonderfully despicable. Hildebrand was also deliciously vile. What a great cast.

  89. Robbet
    Posted April 25, 2013 at 6:06 pm | Permalink

    James Cosmo will be missed a lot as the Old Bear, he has a great voice (really really fantastic, I love his voice!) and he played the part so perfectly! He truly made us love Mormont and he is a very good actor and seems to be a very good person, interested in Game of Thrones, as we can see from his interviews.

    Robert Pugh was also perfect in his role, I truly hate Craster and that is because of Pugh’s acting. The actor will be missed. Craster won’t be missed, though.

  90. WeirwoodTreeHugger
    Posted April 25, 2013 at 6:18 pm | Permalink

    Not much I can say that hasn’t already been said about Cosmo’s performance. If anyone needs a Mormont fix, I recommend you watch him in Citadel. A solid allegorical horror movie in which James Cosmo plays a grumpy priest.
    This WICNet awards for season three should have a category for best death. There’s sure to be some stiff competition.

  91. Stone Cold BASTARD
    Posted April 25, 2013 at 7:10 pm | Permalink

    Hopefully that backstabbing piece of shit Rast will get it soon.

    Something tells me he will be the wight that shows up and attacks Sam.

  92. ATG
    Posted April 25, 2013 at 7:20 pm | Permalink

    Great post!

  93. Lex
    Posted April 25, 2013 at 7:52 pm | Permalink

    I loved James Cosmo in the show, and am very sad to see him go. One of my saddest moments in the books is now one of my saddest moments in the show!

    I remember the day his casting was announced. I was very excited, being a fan of his performance in Braveheart. I also remember when we heard a certain character would die in Season 1 who didn’t die in the book, and for some reason I was terrified they were going to kill the Lord Commander early! Glad that didn’t happen.

    We’ll miss you, Old Bear!

  94. Lex
    Posted April 25, 2013 at 7:59 pm | Permalink

    Khal-A-Bunga,

    Kraznys was the Irish guy in Deadwood?!? CRAZY!

  95. WompWomp
    Posted April 25, 2013 at 8:17 pm | Permalink

    woooo,

    Agreed. At first I was up in arms over the lack of honey-covered moobs, but Dan Hildebrand killed it as Krispy Kraznys.

    I couldn’t believe it. He played the grieving IRA man in Sons of Anarchy, another show James Cosmo also happens to be wonderful in. Cosmo’s riles are great but fairly predictable. Hildebrand was an entirely different person on GoT. Mind-blowing.

  96. Mike Chair
    Posted April 25, 2013 at 8:31 pm | Permalink

    Lex: Kraznys was the Irish guy in Deadwood?!? CRAZY!

    Holy crap! I think he played two different guys in Deadwood.

    One.

    Two.

  97. David The Great
    Posted April 25, 2013 at 8:33 pm | Permalink

    While I thought James Cosmo was perfect as Lord Commander, it was his interviews that really impressed me, especially the one where he was in Iceland (this was one they aired just before S2 started). He made some joke about Iceland being Santa Monica or something, you could tell he was having a great time. And every interview of him since, he’s had a smile and a very jovial personality. I’ll miss him on the show!

    I can’t add much to what’s been said about Robert Pugh – other than I think he did a great job at being vile. I commend him for his scenes and hope his dental bill won’t be too terribly steep on the pocketbook.

    And yeah, props to Dan Hildebrand too. I’ll have to go back and check out Deadwood again some day.

    Thank you, fine actors, for making an awesome show that much awesomer!

  98. Nagga's Kin
    Posted April 25, 2013 at 9:29 pm | Permalink

    Lord Commander Jeor Mormont was one of the very few genuinely good guys in a position of power in this tale. His inner moral compass never wavered and, James Cosmo portrayed that superbly. Even tolerating Craster was not a failing if you consider the military importance of his keep to the Night’s Watch.

    Speaking of Craster, Robert Pugh made the most of his limited screen time to give us a portrait of a genuine villain, as evil in his own way as Joffrey. My only regret, and this is not the actor’s fault, is that we never got to actually see how sacrificing his sons was Craster’s way of praying to “crueler gods than yours or mine” in a bid for his and his daughter-wives’ survival. Religious zealotry can and does turn men into monsters, a point well worth making in these troubled times.

    Someone also mentioned Dan Hildebrand’s turn as Kraznys. While I enjoyed his male chauvinist barbs, the writers totally failed to establish how this successful businessman intended to control the dragon he was trading his entire army for. Unfortunately, this omission meant that he never progressed beyond a two-dimensional cartoon villain, hardly a worthy adversary for the Mother of Dragons. As I already commented in another thread, there was a golden opportunity here for an unexpected plot twist: Kraznys trying to double-cross Dany before she had a chance to do it to him, only to discover that she had already anticipated his treachery. Sadly, that didn’t happen and all we got was Dany’s entirely predictable freeing of the slaves.

    Finally, Hot Pie. Unlike his predecessor at the Inn at the Crossroads, Arya’s friend Micah from season 1, he’s not dead yet. Considering the establishment’s strategic location at a choke point on the King’s Road, perhaps we’ll see him running the place one day.

  99. Elsweyr
    Posted April 25, 2013 at 9:50 pm | Permalink

    Outstanding job by James Cosmo, I’m really going to miss that gruff voice.

    “And now his watch has ended.”

  100. GeekFurious
    Posted April 25, 2013 at 10:14 pm | Permalink

    My brother, who has not read the books, was so shocked by the Old Bear’s death that he was still talking about it days later.

  101. beewulf
    Posted April 25, 2013 at 11:00 pm | Permalink

    Loved James Cosmo! He became Jeor Mormont for me. When I reread the books, I see him now.

  102. Iron Born
    Posted April 25, 2013 at 11:34 pm | Permalink

    lightning lord,

    Don’t forget him in Troy ..”the boatman waits for us..I say we make him wait a little longer

  103. Joshua Taylor
    Posted April 25, 2013 at 11:54 pm | Permalink

    Lex,

    After Dany offered the dragon I expected him to say “sold to tha goose lookin (lady) wit tha fancy hat!”

  104. Joshua Taylor
    Posted April 25, 2013 at 11:58 pm | Permalink

    Mike Chair,

    Holy shit! Hildenbrand played the wiretap guy as well!!! I knew he looked familiar but could never place him!

    I thought Garrett Dillahunt only played dual roles on that show!

    HBO has to get Harry Lloyd back to play Rhaegar! Or Amrita as a Sand Snake! All Lloyd has to do is play someone the complete opposite of Viserys.

  105. Selmy
    Posted April 26, 2013 at 12:48 am | Permalink

    And now is watch is ended…

    (mic drop) Old Bear Out!

  106. Lex
    Posted April 26, 2013 at 1:25 am | Permalink

    I’m rewatching Deadwood Season 3 right now, coincidentally, and I just cannot believe Kraznys plays Shaunessy as well. My mind = blown! He’s a chameleon.

  107. Al Swearengen
    Posted April 26, 2013 at 1:36 am | Permalink

    James will be missed very much :-(

    I also second the praise for the actor who played Kraznys he was fantastic.

  108. loco73
    Posted April 26, 2013 at 3:39 am | Permalink

    Craster, may the Others take you! “And Now His Watch Is Ended”…Lord Commander Ser Jeor “Old Bear” Mormont of the Night’s Watch, may you rest in the light of all the gods, the Old and the New.

    A great, heartfelt thank you to the wonderful James Cosmo and Robert Pugh for their talent and hard work and for bringing these characters to life in such an incredibly vivid way! . All the best in the future!

  109. MATTHEW
    Posted April 26, 2013 at 4:52 am | Permalink

    I wasn’t sold on Pugh as Craster the first time I saw him in Season 2, but after rewatching the S2 episodes and–especially–after seeing Craster in episode 3, he has totally won my respect. His delivery of his final roar “I AM A GODLY MAN!” gave me chills; very chaotic, scary scene. Both actors will be missed.

  110. Nick_Scryer
    Posted April 26, 2013 at 4:54 am | Permalink

    RIP Old Bear, and best wishes to James! Always one of my favourite actors when he pops up in something I’m watching.

  111. Bro without Banner
    Posted April 26, 2013 at 4:58 am | Permalink

    thank you James, Dan and Robert for nailing their roles, fine work gents.

    Its sort of stating the obvious at this point but im so proud of the British acting talent on this show.

  112. Spryte
    Posted April 26, 2013 at 6:06 am | Permalink

    Here I was naively hoping that WIC was holding off on the curtain call because there might have been a possibility of final words from him next episode, but now it’s sinking in. :(
    Gone too soon, old bear.

    Oh, and Pugh as Craster. Bravo, ser. You were exactly as I imagined him to be.

  113. Mormegil
    Posted April 26, 2013 at 7:22 am | Permalink

    Farewell Old Bear.

    haiku_hodor:

    Hope they burn your corpse

    I have a feeling they won’t. When Sam and Gilly get attacked by Wights and rescued by Coldhands they need some of the Wights to be recognisable. These could be Rast and Karl (killed by the Others) but it would be much more powerful of the Old Bear is there as well.

  114. Joshua Taylor
    Posted April 26, 2013 at 7:35 am | Permalink

    Lex,

    Oh yeah Shaugnessy not Davidoff the telegraph guy.

  115. Freoduwebbe
    Posted April 26, 2013 at 7:36 am | Permalink

    So much for Craster’s Keep being a ‘safe haven’… I loved the job James Cosmo and Robert Pugh did to bring their characters to life. You respected Mormont and cringed at Craster – and it was the little mannerisms, the voices and the looks that made them as good or evil as they should be.

    Thank you both for such wonderful performances that we loved – and hated you.

    I also want to thank Dan H for his work – what a scumbag he made. The leers and sneers made you WANT him to be dragon toast…

  116. Loki
    Posted April 26, 2013 at 9:09 am | Permalink

    Too bad they cut the raven that was the major point of LC Mormont and his death speech…

  117. Crush King
    Posted April 26, 2013 at 11:46 am | Permalink

    James Cosmo, you will be missed! You played the Old Bear perfectly, which is to say, truly badass!

    Craster, I hate you! Robert Pugh, well played sir.

  118. Crush King
    Posted April 26, 2013 at 11:48 am | Permalink

    Al Swearengen,

    Love your name! Ha!

  119. Gregory Kelton
    Posted April 26, 2013 at 12:36 pm | Permalink

    Cheers to the Old Bear. A real leader of men! James Cosmo did a fantastic job with his portrayal, and will be missed.

    A part of me wishes they had him choke Rast to death. That would have been an epic send off for the Lord Commander for him to avenge his own death. It’s not like Tarly needs Rast screaming at him as he runs.

    Does Rast show up again in the books to date? My memory is failing me.

  120. Adam
    Posted April 26, 2013 at 1:25 pm | Permalink

    Mat:
    So Mormont’s definitely dead and not just nearly dead then? I had slim hopes we might see Sam in the next episode, passing back by Craster’s hall after grabbing Gilly and the baby, seeing the last dying breaths of Mormont and maybe getting those amazing last words from the book.

    He’s only mostly dead – call in Billy Crystal!!

    And I don’t think WiC would know what’s happening in the next episode………………..

  121. Mormegil
    Posted April 26, 2013 at 3:09 pm | Permalink

    Gregory Kelton:

    Does Rast show up again in the books to date?My memory is failing me.

    In the Books. Rast doesn’t even go on the Ranging, he’s one of the men left behind at Castle Black and gets killed when the Thenns attack.

    In the show he’ll probably now either end up a Wight and attack Sam/Gilly when they are saved by Coldhands or be killed later by Coldhands to stop the Deserters killing Bran and Co.

  122. Rimshot
    Posted May 1, 2013 at 8:57 am | Permalink

    Great guy. I almost met him at our 2nd Moot in Robinson’s a few years ago. I was standing outside chatting with Miltos & Eugene when James walked past us and into the bar. ‘Great’ I thought, hoping to chat to him later. Only James walked back out and disappeared down the street about 5 minutes later! I guess it wasn’t his cup of tea. Still, it was cool of him to make the effort.


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